The PanAfGeo Roadmap – an ambitious Project aiming at increasing knowledge and skills in African Geological Surveys – was launched by the EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS) at the PanAfGeo Workshop (held in tandem with Mining Indaba 2015) on the 8th and 9th February 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The objective of the roadmap is to improve the capacities of geological administrations and fill the gap in the collection, harmonisation and sharing of geological data. These pillars of development are essential especially for mining exploration activities and ensuring business opportunities on the African continent.
The preliminary phase of PanAfGeo was the feasibility study “Geoscientific Knowledge and Skills in African Geological Surveys” carried out jointly by EGS-OAGS Members and key stakeholders such as EC, AUC, UNESCO, UNECA/AMDC, UNDP, World Bank.
Commenting, Mr. Koen Verbruggen, EuroGeoSurveys President and Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland, said:
“The launch of PanAfGeo initiative in Mining INDABA 2015 provides an opportunity to publicise and promote this important programme which will develop African geological datasets and knowledge. The local Geological Surveys play a strategic role in the economic growth and poverty reduction strategies”.
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